Model Adwoa Aboah Discusses Anxiety

Lauren Chan of Glamour Magazine. Photo by Katie Friedman c/o Lauren Chan.And her new charity, Gurls Talk.

Turn the clock back a few years, and British model Adwoa Aboah is making a name for herself in an Aldo campaign, gracing the runway for Topshop and Simone Rocha, and even getting a gig as a guest contributor with British Vogue.  But on the inside, Adwoa was fighting a lifelong battle with mental illness, including anxiety and addiction.  Adwoa checked into rehab early in 2015 and has become increasingly vocal about her healing process, speaking with TeenVogue and i-D and using social media to convey a message of self-love and resilience.  

In a new video series with Style Like U, Adwoa discusses about overcoming addiction and launching Gurls Talk, a charity she is in the process of founding.  Gurls Talk will aim to create a safe space in the British school system for young women to discuss their own stories about mental health. "Self-hatred is something I work on on a daily basis," she says. "During school, I was so embarrassed by my natural hair. Everyone had straight hair and I had braids. I wore a hat for years anything to make it look normal. What I’ve realized is that I can’t be anyone else — I might not love myself all the time, but I’m pretty alright… I’m pretty cool."  

Watch the full video below and click here to learn more about Gurls Talk.

Main Image via YouTube/Style Like U

Inspired by Adwoa's journey?  Click here to learn how former model Lauren Chan is changing the conversation around body image in fashion journalism.  We also have some tips to help you stop comparing yourself to others (because you're pretty damn great)!

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